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RileyBaugusRiley Baugus

Riley Baugus represents the best of old time American banjo and song. His powerful singing voice and his expert musicianship place him squarely in the next generation of the quality American roots tradition. Raised in a household where recordings of old-time music were often played, the North Carolina native began singing and playing music at an early age, developing a love and appreciation for traditional, southern Appalachian music. Riley has played with numerous old-time stringbands. He taught banjo, guitar, and fiddle at music camps throughout the U.S., and toured in Europe with Dirk Powell and Tim O’Brien among others. Riley makes his home near Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he builds old-time, open-back banjos, and is part of a thriving musical community.

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See Related: Appalachian, Banjo, Guitar

SandyMacDonaldSandy MacDonald

Sandy MacDonald is highly regarded for his guitar accompaniment. Coming from a rich, cultural family in Kingsville, Sandy’s vast knowledge of tunes in the Cape Breton repertoire make him a sought out performer. Both on 6 string and 12 string guitar, Sandy has appeared on numerous records. This year, he’ll be featured at the tribute show to Alex Francis MacKay, just down the road at the Glendale Hall.

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See Related: Cape Breton artists, Guitar

TheModernGrassThe Modern Grass

The Modern Grass is a collective of musicians who all have some obsession with days gone by, contrasted with a vision for the future. Born in early 2011 in Halifax, they have since released five albums and toured the nation extensively and relentlessly. The group’s latest award-winning album, High on the Mountain, explores new territory in folk, roots, and bluegrass music. It shares forms and ideas from musical styles of the past, and tells the stories of a modern day troubador.

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See Related: Banjo, Double Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Nova Scotian artists, Vocals

TimEdeyTim Edey

Tim Edey is regarded by many to be one of the finest multi-instrumental players of his generation in the Celtic music folk scene worldwide. Tim made his first Celtic Colours appearance in 2010 to universal acclaim. A mixture of dazzling technical ability, soulful feel, musical charisma and amazing instrumental improvisation have made Tim a highly in demand session musician both in studio and on stage.

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SpragSessionSprag Session

A high energy traditional trio comprised of Colin Grant (fiddle), Jason Roach (piano), and Darren McMullen (multi-Instrumentalist) is integrated with the rough and red-eyed blues/funk rhythm section of Merlin Clarke and Donnie Calabrese to produce a kind of Celtic fusion that is as much Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and Frank Zappa as it is Ashley MacIsaac. While their lively sound never strays too far from its Cape Breton roots, Sprag Session has caught the ear of everyone from indie scenesters to blue-haired bingo stampers, earning themselves an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and versatile live acts in the Celtic music world (and beyond).

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See Related: Banjo, Cape Breton artists, Double Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Percussion, Piano

NorthAtlanticDriftNorth Atlantic Drift

North Atlantic Drift formed in Toronto when highland / uilleann piper Ross Griffiths, fiddler Dan MacDonald, and fiddle / guitar / banjo player Brian Taheny got together to explore the possibilities of combining Scottish and Irish music with a variety of instrumental combinations. It is this multi-instrumentalism that defines the group. North Atlantic Drift is an entire Celtic orchestra in a trio. In one sitting you’ll hear Cape Breton fiddle, Sligo fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, uilleann pipes, highland pipes, whistles and bodhran, Scottish tunes on the uilleann pipes and banjo, Irish tunes on the highland pipes and in a Scottish or Cape Breton style… and vice versa.

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See Related: Bagpipes, Fiddle, Guitar

TheTeetotallersThe Teetotallers

Three of the most praised and popular virtuosos in Irish traditional music today–fiddler and violist Martin Hayes; flute, whistle, and bodhrán player Kevin Crawford; and singer, guitarist, bouzouki and mandola player John Doyle performed together essentially on a whim at the 2010 Sebastopol Celtic Festival in California. But that whim turned into something wondrous for the audience and especially for the three musicians. Out of that informal, inspired encounter has emerged a formal, formidable new trio, the Teetotallers, whose potent brand of Irish traditional music is meant to be drunk deeply and repeatedly. The Teetotallers represent a breathtaking summit of talent, skill, and imagination that will captivate followers of Irish traditional and other roots music everywhere.

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See Related: Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Irish artists, Vocals

TheChaissonFamilyThe Chaisson Family

With roots going back six generations, this family of players shares a legacy of tradition. Ever since Joe Pete Chaisson formed the PEI Fiddlers Association and established the Rollo Bay Fiddle festival, the family has worked to preserve and protect traditional music and dance on Prince Edward Island. Joe Pete’s three sons–Peter, Kenny and Kevin–still set the standard for younger generations to follow. Peter’s masterful touch on the fiddle has never wavered through decades of play. An accomplished composer and player, Kenny has tunes to go on for days. And Kevin is one of the most sought after piano accompanists on PEI. Kenny, Kevin and Peter will be joined at Celtic Colours this year by J.J. Chaisson, Koady Chaisson and Elmer Deagle.

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See Related: Fiddle, Guitar, Piano, Stepdance

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